Slowly but surely, live music is returning. Beloved venues like Minneapolis’ First Avenue are finally reopening. The daily influx of new concert announcements, from stadium shows to nightclub gigs, are a welcome change of pace from Zoom concerts. If you’ve also found yourself giving a standing ovation to the busker playing atrocious Dave Matthews covers outside the Chipotle, you understand.

In other words, the timing for the 2021 Surly Set List, our thunderous new variety pack, couldn’t be better.

Every playlist or mixtape worth a damn sets the tone with an undeniable opener. Needless to say, Furious IPA is this Set List’s Side 1, Track 1. The rest of the show is all killer, no filler:

Fuzz Box. Named after the device that gave the world “Satisfaction” and inspired 100,000 garage bands, Fuzz Box spikes a tart ale base with passion fruit, orange, and guava, sending the beer into tropical overdrive.

Sonic Distortion. Dry-hopped on Citra and Mosaic, this bright, citrusy ale delivers an encore-worthy burst of hops at a lower ABV.

Sabrotooth Tiger. Speaking of encores, our most popular seasonal of 2020 returns to the stage. This IPA centers the ferocious Sabro hop and its formidably fruit-forward bite.

Surly’s Festival Field also comes back online this month with shows from Patti Smith (August 7) and Ween (August 21). To celebrate this and our new variety pack, we’re giving away four tickets to any of our 2022 summer concerts. No, they haven’t been announced yet. But you’re going to want to have tickets when they are. 

To win: Post a shot of a great live show you attended on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Tag @surlybrewing. Use the hashtag #turnitup. That's it. Contest ends on September 15th. 


We’ll raise the curtain on the Set List in all Surly markets beginning the week of August 2nd.

The particulars:

Fuzz Box

  • Style: POG Tart Ale
  • ABV: 6%
  • Bitterness: Low
  • Hops: Warrior
  • Malt: 2-Row, Honey, Carafoam, Acidulated, Caramel, Flaked Oats
  • Yeast: English Ale
  • Pour: Golden
  • Special Guests: Passion Fruit, Orange, Guava

Sonic Distortion

  • Style: Dry-Hopped Tart Ale
  • ABV: 4.5%
  • Bitterness: Low
  • Hops: Warrior (Kettle), Citra & Mosaic (Dry Hop)
  • Malt: Pilsner, Acidulated, Unmalted Wheat, Carafoam
  • Yeast: English Ale
  • Pour: Golden

Sabrotooth Tiger

  • Style: Sabro IPA
  • ABV: 6.7%
  • Bitterness: Medium
  • Hops: Warrior, Sabro, Citra, HBC-692 (Dry Hop)
  • Malt: 2-Row, Carafoam, Cara 8, Acidulated Malt
  • Yeast: English Ale
  • Pour: Golden